HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER AT PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU ELEMENTARY
Students at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School were treated to a special visit on September 13th by Johnny Rodgers: a former American college football player voted the University of Nebraska's "Player of the Century" and the winner of the 1972 Heisman Trophy. Johnny Rodgers also played for the Montreal Alouettes where he was affectionately known as the "ordinary superstar." He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award in 1973. In his four years with the Alouettes, Rodgers won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy twice and "All-Canadian" all-star honors and helped lead his team to a Grey Cup championship in 1974.
Johnny delivered an inspirational and moving message to the Cycle 3 students about the importance of education and following through on one’s goals and aspirations. “Education is not a part of life,” he said, “it IS life.” He also taught students the acronym FOCUS – Follow One Course Until you Succeed.